It’s raining cats and dogs!

Have you ever wondered why it is that, in modern times, the choice of domestic pet has been overwhelmingly either a cat or dog or both and sometimes several of them? After all, it can’t just be purely coincidental. And yes, I do know that many people have gone in for goldfish, hamsters, guinea pigs and budgerigars. If you have a more adventurous disposition, you might be interested in mice or rats or even snakes. But leaving left-field choices aside, we’re still left with our slightly more orthodox furry friends, namely dogs and cats.

People who know about these things, such as animal behaviourists, claim that pets take on the characteristics of their owners. Now, I’m not sure that I can recognise too many human traits in rodents or reptiles. But that’s the point, isn’t it? The reason we freely give house space to cats and dogs, and prefer them many times over to almost any other sort of creature, is precisely because they are like us. Yes, even stroppy, supposedly cussid, independent cats. You don’t believe me? Well, try this for size: 1)they like being fed and watered; 2)they are generally awake (sort of) during the day and generally asleep (sort of) at night; 3)they like their creature (haha) comforts like warmth and a nice soft bed. In other words, they have lots in common with us. But don’t just take my word for it: here are the words of a friendly vet, Catherine, on human-dog/cat syndrome: “The human-pet bond is an incredibly special thing, and it is recognized to bring multiple benefits to both the people and pets involved. That link between us and our dogs and cats goes beyond unconditional love and companionship”.

But the very fact that we can so easily interact with these pets and tend them and look after them does present problems. Dogs and cats are by an ineluctable law of nature on holiday effectively all their lives. Whereas we, after working hard for a decent stretch of time, like to take the odd week or two off and even occasionally go away. And then what happens to our faithful four-legged companions? There’s no point in building up a cordial rapport with them if, at a crucial time, you have had the temerity to go away to the sun and they can go hang! Anybody will tell you that our furry friends are not happy in kennels and catteries. Not surprising really if we’ve made them a little ‘humanish’; well, would you like to spend two weeks in a barred cage? Here’s our friendly vet again: “As a general rule, cats do not like change. They can respond badly to sudden changes in their environment, such as going to a boarding facility like a cattery. If they get very stressed they can develop behavioural problems such as excessive grooming and urinating outside the litter box. Some cats may even develop medical problems secondary to stress. For a lot of them, a pet sitter is a better option, so they can stay in their own environment. Dogs also like routine and many don’t do well around other dogs. For a lot of them, particularly seniors, an in home pet sitter is much more preferable”.

And that is before we have mentioned the expense. So, what to do? That’s why you should use Professional House Sitters. You could take out either a monthly or an annual membership for a remarkably low fee. In fact, it works out cheaper still for a year’s membership, representing amazing value for money compared to the cost of two weeks for your pet in catteries or kennels. In return, you get full access to our database of owners and sitters. You can join as either an owner or sitter, or both, for the same price. And you can use the site as often as you like within the length of your membership. No more guilt feelings about the pets you’ve left behind. Instead, you can go away safe in the knowledge that your pets are being lovingly cared for as if you were still at home. It all seems so simple. It is. Don’t delay – join Professional House Sitters today!